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Holmes interrupts Sir Charles with a sign.
Holmes interrupts Sir Charles with a sign.
Holmes interrupts Sir Charles with a sign.
Holmes shakes Sir Charles' hand.
Sir Charles' ring with a hidden emblem.
Masonic symbolism in a mural.
Yet another fictional attempt to blame the freemasons for the Jack the Ripper murders, based on the debunked royal conspiracy theory.
Failing to mention Freemasonry, James Hill's earlier A Study in Terror (1965), starring John Neville and Donald Houston, was the first Jack the Ripper movie to propose aristocratic involvement in the murders, and may have been inspired by Dr. Thomas Stowell.
The royal conspiracy theory—in which Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, the Duke of Clarence (known as "Eddy" to his friends) is accused of committing the murders to cover up his alleged marriage to a Catholic shop girl, Annie Crook—achieved popularity in 1973 with the broadcast of a BBC programme, Jack the Ripper. It was further enlarged by Stephen Knight (1951/09/26 - 1985/07), in his Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, (George G. Harrap Co. Ltd., London, 1976)

Murder by Decree (1979)
Directed by Bob Clark, written by John Hopkins, Elwyn Jones. Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, John Gielgud, Frank Finlay, Donald Sutherland, Geneviève Bujold, Chris Wiggins, Tedde Moore, Peter Jonfield, Roy Lansford, Catherine Kessler, Ron Pember. 124 min. UK / Canada. English. Metrocolor, Mono.
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